Saturday, February 27, 2016

Mama Chick Easter Card

Since Easter is only four weeks away I thought I would start on my Easter cards! Last year I made a Mama Chick Easter Basket using the Cricut Create a Critter 2 Cartridge. If you missed it, click here for Mama Chick Basket post

She is such a little cutie that I thought I would use the same chick from Create a Critter 2 and make a card. For the card, I cut the chick and coordinating layers at 2-1/2 inches, cut from Blushing Bride cardstock (Stampin' Up). The hat is cut from Mint Macaron, and the band and wing are from a retired patterned paper stack (polka dot in Pink Pirouette, also Stampin' Up).

The patterned paper is from the Birthday Bouquet DSP (SU), Since both sides of the paper are so pretty, I decided to turn down the righthand corner to give a peek at it and added some punched out small flowers (punch is EK Success). I just used a black marker to make the dots in the middle of the flowers.

The "happy easter" greeting is from a retired Stampin' Up set called Delightful Dozen." It was and still is one of my favorite and most versatile greeting stamp sets. The greeting is punched out with an oval punch. I used pink ink to ink around the edge of the oval and then added some rhinestones.

Finished card size is 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches. Card base is Mint Macaron. Layers are in white and the then the patterned DSP, each cut 1/8 inch smaller than the previous layer. I used dimensionals to lift up the little chick from the card to give her more "life."

I will have more Easter cards and projects coming in the following weeks so I hope you still stop by again next week! Thanks for looking today and I hope it gives you some inspiration to make your own Easter cards.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Love You a Latte Card

If you are a coffee or tea fan, this card is a fun one! I made this card for my Mom's birthday. The cup is cut from pink cardstock and then run through a dotted embossing folder. The cup is from the Cricut Cartridge "Tags, Bags, Boxes & More 2", cut at 2-1./2 inches (tag). The spoon is cut from shiny silver cardstock and is from the "Love You a Latte" Cricut cartridge, cut at 2-1/2 inches (cup 3 layer).

The finished card is 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 inches. Cardstock is Bermuda Bay from Stampin' Up. Patterned papers are also from Stampin' Up. I punched an oval to layer under the "a Latte" stamped image and inked the edges with coordinating Melon Mambo ink. The "a Latte" is from the July 15 Paper Pumpkin kit (Thanks a Latte). "Love You"  is from the Crazy About You stamp set. Use any sentiments you like. I added some punched out hearts in coordinating colors, added a few rhinestones, placed a white doily behind the cup, and tied a little bow in Melon Mambo ribbon (also SU).

I have some more cup cards spinning around in my head so you will probably see a few more of these soon!

Friday, February 12, 2016

Valentine Cards for Teenagers

When I saw a Valentine treat box made by Brenda Morgott (a member of Stampin Friends, a Facebook group I am in) where she used the definition of "Valentine" on a tag, I knew I had to make some cards using the Valentine definition! At the time I saw her post I was at a loss as to what kind of Valentines to make for my teenage grandsons. I tell them every year that they are never too old to get a Valentine from "Nana," but I didn't want them to be too babyish or "cutish." These are what I came up with. I just grabbed the definition of Valentine off Google (the Merriam-Webster version), printed it on cardstock, and cut it into the tag shape. I backed it with a larger tag (from the Dollar Spot at Target) and then layered it onto a white card base (4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inches). I added some red and white baker's twine, some Valentine patterned paper from last year's Stampin' Up pack, some punched out hearts, and a stamped image (retired stamp from Stampin' Up) and they were done! Really fast cards to make.

I want to thank Brenda again for her clever idea!  Happy Valentine's Day!

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Valentine Jar of Hearts

Card #4 in my Valentine Series

Mason jars seem to be very popular right now. I've seen several jar stamps lately and I remembered I had one in my collection so I started looking and found this Stampin' Up jar stamp from 2004 ( from the set All Wrapped Up).

I stamped the jar image on the white cardstock piece, then stamped it again on clear window sheet paper. I cut out around the stamped image on the window sheet paper, glued some punched out hearts onto the white cardstock inside the stamped jar image, then glued the cut out window sheet image on top, gluing just around the edges and jar lid. I used a silver glitter pen to color the jar lid. I added a few more punched out hearts around the image, matted the white cardstock onto black, then onto an arrow print piece of paper, then onto red, then onto the 4-1/4 x 5-1/2 inch black card base. I punched hearts in a row out of a strip of black cardstock and attached it to the red layer. I tied a little bow knot onto the edge of the red and black layer and that's the card! It's kind of a faux shaker card!

Sometimes seeing new stamps will remind you of what you already have and make it new again! A lot of stamps eventually come back around in popularity if you hang onto them long enough!

Note: Cardstock and papers are from Stampin' Up. Greeting is from Teeny Tiny Wishes. Jar stamp is retired as is the arrow patterned paper. Colors are Whisper White, Real Red and Basic Black. Stampin' Up also sells the window sheets in 12 x 12, but mine are Judikins Embossable Window Plastic Sheets in 4-1/4 x 5-1/2. You can get a 20-pk for $7.09 from Amazon (sold by Supermart).